Graduate Admission

The deadline for fall admission to the MA program including consideration for graduate assistantships is February 1. Students not seeking funding through an assistantship may also be considered for fall admission with applications due by June 30, or spring admission by October 15. Applications and information including additional Graduate School financial aid opportunities, are available at the Graduate School website.

 Admission requirements are the following:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (of a possible 4.0), with higher grades in undergraduate history courses.
  3. Successful record of completion of undergraduate history courses.
  4. A two- to three-page personal statement about your field of interest and career objectives.  We ask that you provide us with as clear and detailed a statement as possible.
  5. An academic writing sample of 10 to 20 pages, preferably on a historical topic.
  6. A curriculum vitae.
  7. Three letters of recommendation. These should be from faculty who know the applicant’s academic work well and should address the aptitude for graduate study in history.
  8. Credentials of applicants from other countries, including academic transcripts and English language proficiency examinations (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE), must be evaluated by the Office of International Student Services.

All materials may be submitted with your Graduate School application.  If you have questions about required materials, email the History Department administrative assistant, Karon Selm at

Transfer Credit
Up to 10 semester hours in history courses, completed with a grade of B or above, may be transferred from other accredited graduate schools to the MA program at Miami with the approval of the Graduate School and the GSC.  For credit to be transferred, the courses must be taken with five years of the projected graduation date.